Guardian First Book Award Shortlist

The Guardian First Book Award is a reliable place to learn about new books and authors. I was surprised that one of the books I think is one of the best debut novels of the year, Patrick Flanery’s, Absolution (review forthcoming here), did not make the shortlist. But two others that I want read, Kevin Powers’, Yellow Birds and Kerry Hudson’s, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma made the list. The list also includes non-fiction works, most notably Katherine Boo’s, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.



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